Harper, Tom The Mosaic Of Shadows

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The Mosaic Of Shadows

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Byzantium, 1096. When a mysterious assassin looses his arrow at the Emperor, he has more than a man in his sights; the keystone of a crumbling empire, the Emperor is the solitary figure holding its enemies in check. If he falls, then the mightiest power in Christendom will be torn apart. Aware of the stakes, the Emperor hires Demetrios Askiates, the unveiler of mysteries, to catch the would-be-killer. But Demetrios is entering an unknown and mysterious world, a bubbling cauldron of princes, slaves, mercenaries, pimps and eunuchs. From the depths of the slums to the golden towers of the palace, and from the sands of the hippodrome to the soaring domes of Ayia Sophia, he must edge his way through a glittering maze of treachery and deceit before time runs out. Nor are all enemies within the city walls. With the Turks rampant across Asia, the Emperor has sent to the west for mercenaries to reinforce his position. He gets more than he bargained for, however, when a great army, tens of thousands strong, appear before the gates. The first crusaders have arrived, intent on making their fortunes in war, and they have no allegiance to an empire they eye with jealousy and suspicion. As the armies of east and west confront each other, and the assassin creeps ever closer to his prey, Demetrios must untangle the golden web of intrigue which surrounds the Emperor before the city - and the empire - are drowned in blood. A gripping historical epic that transports the reader back to an eventful and exhilarating era: the violence and intrigue of the Middle Ages.

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"An epic tale of murder and betrayal, bloodshed and romance. Gripping from the first page, the reader is swept up in this colourful and convincing portrayal of an Emperor and his realm, under seige. Well-researched and cinematic in its imagery, this is a faced-paced and exciting debut" ( Ink)

"Harper's...portrayal of the Byzantine city and the intrigues that threaten its destruction is vivid and convincing" ( Joan Smith, Sunday Times)

"It’s a world which Harper brings exuberantly to life, clearly revelling in its teeming, tumultuous extravagance" ( Yorkshire Post)

From the Author:

Mosaic of Shadows, Knights of the Cross and Siege of Heaven
form a trilogy that follows Demetrios Askiates, a Byzantine Greek, from his
first encounter with the First Crusade at Constantinople through to the
crusade's dramatic climax at Jerusalem. It's one of the great military
adventures of human history, an amazing story; it's also a savagely brutal
affair whose echoes only seem to get louder as they resonate down to the
present.

At a time when the Middle East is as violently contested as ever, it seemed
important to me to look at one of the most famous - or notorious - clashes
between East and West. There are a lot of misconceptions about the First
Crusade at the moment, with everyone from Dan Brown to Osama Bin Laden
muddying the waters. In much the same way as Bernard Cornwell stripped
back the Arthurian legend with his Winter King trilogy, I wanted to take
the Crusade back to its factual origins and portray it as I think it must
have been: desperate, chaotic and bloody.

To find out more about the books, and to contact me directly, please visit
tom-harper.co.uk

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